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New fees 'put off students'

Early indications suggest that the tripling of tuition fees to a maximum of £9,000 is putting students off university, a study has found.

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'Initial evidence' that higher fees will have an impact on applicants' behaviour

Although it is too early to draw any firm conclusions, this study provides initial evidence that increased fees have an impact on application behaviour.

There is a clear drop in application numbers from English students when compared to their counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

On a positive note, we are pleased to see that at this stage there has been no relative drop-off in applicants from less advantaged neighbourhoods.

We will continue to monitor a range of indicators as the fee increases work their way through the system.

– Independent Commission on Fees chairman, Will Hutton

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